30 Sep 2010

Two hour stoppage at ministry

1:46 pm on 30 September 2010

More than 500 members of the Public Service Association stopped work for two hours at the Ministry of Education on Thursday over a lack of progress in pay talks.

The PSA says its members want a pay system with progressive salary steps rather than discretionary increases.

The union says other ministry employees who are covered by the Educational Institute have such a system.

It says its members had their pay frozen last year while some mangers received bonuses.

PSA national secretary Brenda Pilott says the talks have been going for a year.

She says they have discussed a pay rise similar to the 1.5% achieved by other public servants this year.